Blue Jackets Rescind Unvaccinated Zac Rinaldo’s Training Camp Invitation

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After signing left-wing Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract over the summer, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old’s invitation to the team’s training camp has been rescinded after Rinaldo refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He will report to the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.

“Forward Zac Rinaldo, who we signed to a two-way contract this summer, is not vaccinated and because of that – and that’s his decision – the plan is to start him in the American Hockey League and he will not be coming to our training camp,” Blue Jackets President John Davidson said.

Rinaldo gave a short speech against vaccine passports at a PPC rally last week. “I’m not anti-mask. I’m not anti-vax. I’m pro choice,” Rinaldo claimed.

The Blue Jackets fired assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre last week after he declined to get vaccinated.

The NHL has required every coach, player, staff, and management member to get vaccinated prior to the start of training camp this week.

By Harrison Brown

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6 Responses to Blue Jackets Rescind Unvaccinated Zac Rinaldo’s Training Camp Invitation

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to see teams lay down the law. It’s their team, they make the rules. If you don’t want to play by the rules, c-ya!

    • Anonymous says:

      It is interesting though, how the covid flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the covid flu OR from carrying it and spreading it to others. Other than that, yea, go get the “vaccine”.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong. You need to stop watching Faux News.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m not wrong, I don’t watch FOX news. The fact that you use that term tell us exactly what “news” you watch. Theres a hell of lot more going on in the world than msnbc is willing to tell you.

          Speaking of, have they admitted that story they ran about Oklahoma haspitals and horse paste for two days was completely false? No? I’m not surprised.

          • Anonymous says:

            I don’t watch cable news. You probably didn’t wear a seatbelt because the government told you good for your health. It’s Darwinism at its finest.

            • Anonymous says:

              You sound like one of those people that wears a face mask while driving, alone, with the windows up and air con running

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